How to Get Your Unofficial Transcripts

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs with the fastest growth projected through 2020 will require some type of postsecondary education. If you have any idle college credits, an associate’s degree, and are looking at completing a bachelor’s degree, then listen up. Transferring your previously completed credits is a critical element to getting back into school and starting off on the right foot.

The first document that you will want collect is your unofficial transcripts from any previous colleges or universities where you have earned credits. The transfer process can save you both time and money as you work toward finishing your degree. Follow this course of action on how to get your unofficial transcripts to help you get back into school as quickly as possible.

1. Contact Your Previous School(s)

Requests for unofficial transcripts can typically be made in person, by phone, fax, online, or by mail. Usually student services or the registrar’s office handles these requests. Remember at some schools this may only be one person, so be patient.

2. Get Your Transcripts

A copy of your unofficial transcript, academic record, or grade report is what you want. The document needs to show grades, credit amounts, dates completed, course titles, and the name of the school where the credits were earned. You will need to get this from each school that you directly earned credits from.

3. Unofficial Review

Send your transcripts to your admissions representative at your new school in order to have them reviewed by the campus registrar. Also be sure to review the school’s credit transfer policy for grade, block transfer, and course-by-course evaluation requirements.

After your receive the credit transfer results from admissions, if you have specific questions about your unofficial review or options for testing out of courses have your admissions representative connect you with your campus registrar or transfer specialist. They can explain what credits should transfer, how they apply to completing your degree, and give you an anticipated graduation date.

Getting your unofficial transcripts reviewed is a no-cost way of finding out how close you are to earning your degree. Take advantage of this process to accelerate your program and not have to retake any previously completed courses. You will then need to formally request your official transcripts in order to have the credits transfer over to your new school. If you have any questions just ask the admissions department; they want to support you in getting back into school, earning your degree, and changing your life.

Grant Tilus

Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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